Huntsville City School District Hosts First Open House To Discuss Rezoning Plan

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville City School District’s proposed rezoning plan could turn some sections of the district on its head.

Thursday evening, parents had the opportunity to share their concerns and get answers directly from district leaders about the plan at an open house at Lee High School.

But conspicuously missing from the meeting: the actual parents.

Among the city officials, was a small group of self-identified “concerned citizens,” who admitted they don’t have children in Huntsville City Schools.

WHNT News 19 did eventually find a handful of parents, and parents-to-be.

“I wanted to know how the new zoning plan would affect school population as well as other academic programs that might be offered,” said Anthony Jones, who will soon welcome his first child into the world, and wanted to get a jump start on learning about the school system he will raise his child in.

Another parent, Heather Davis, came with concerns over her son’s future.

“There`s the possibility of us going from an excelling school to a failing school. So that`s a big deal,” said Davis.

Under the proposed plan, the new feeder pattern could potentially place Davis’ son at Chapman Middle School next year instead of Huntsville Middle School, where he is currently zoned.

“I think any parent’s [school zoning is] a deciding factor when you’re buying or renting a house somewhere,” said Davis. “We picked the school districts we picked for a reason.”

Davis’ concerns were exactly the type of issues Superintendent Casey Wardynski hoped to address.

“If a child is going to end up going from this school to that school we wanted to try to have a trade up,” said Wardynski.

The superintendent went on to say some children will get grandfathered in to their current schools and feeder patterns.

“Our default setting what’s best for the student, mom and dad,” said Wardynski. “The transition shouldn’t happen in a way that’s inconvenient for our kids and our parents.”

District leaders have 5 more forums on the schedule, where you can talk directly to Superintendent Wardynski, board members, contractors, and teachers about the rezoning plan:

  • Friday, January 31st – 5 p.m. at Grissom High School
  • Saturday, February 1st – 9 a.m. at Huntsville High School
  • Monday, February 3rd – 5 p.m. at Johnson High School
  • Tuesday, February 4th – 5 p.m. at Butler High School
  • Wednesday, February 5th – 5 p.m. at Columbia High School

 

If you can’t make it to the meetings, you can go online to this website to find out where your child’s district would fall.

Type in your address, and it will show you which schools you’re zoned for.

Friday is the deadline for the district’s lawyers and the Department of Justice’s lawyers to come to an agreement on the rezoning plan.

Wardynski says if the DOJ does not approve the district’s proposal, the district will then petition in Federal court.

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